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Daredevil diners hop along to rabbit restaurants

By Dong Fangyu ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-08-09 07:28:58

Daredevil diners hop along to rabbit restaurants

Beijing's Shuangliu Grandma's Rabbit Head, a well-known restaurant is devoted to making this exotic dish. Rabbit is not just a tasty meat, it is also a healthy one. Dietitians say domesticated rabbit meat is high in protein, but low in calories and cholesterol compared with pork and chicken. [Photo by Feng Yongbing/China Daily]

Tasty and healthy

Rabbit is not just a tasty dish, it's also a healthy one. Dietitians say domesticated rabbit meat is high in protein, but low in calories and cholesterol compared with pork and chicken. Also, the animals are usually raised without the use of hormones or steroids.

"It's tasty and healthy. I believe rabbit will gain wider acceptance as people's knowledge grows," He said, adding that his restaurant has attracted a number of celebrities, including Guo Donglin, a famous crosstalk comedian, plus the movie star Huang Yi, and former Olympic champion diver Tian Liang.

Liu Jie, sales manager of Qingdao Kangda Foods Co, one of China's biggest suppliers of meat, said the company saw rapid growth in orders for rabbit last year, when it sold 10,000 tons of rabbit meat, plus 1,000 tons of heads. Both figures were a rise of about 20 percent from 2012.

Antoine Gautier, founder of Algo Foods, a Paris-based company that supplies frozen meat to markets in Europe, Russia, Asia and Africa, said: "Demand from China is growing for exotic meat items - offal, pig ears and feet, and chicken feet.

"We don't trade rabbit meat. Our most popular items for Chinese clients are pig's feet. The demand is even higher than for offal, but unfortunately, pigs only have four feet," he wrote in an e-mail to China Daily.

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